Mecosta County Road Commission ready for snow

Mecosta County Road Commission mechanics work on one of the trucks in April. Officials and crews in Mecosta County are ready for whatever comes up this winter. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Colder weather is here to stay — at least for the next few months.

However, no matter what Mother Nature decides to hit Mecosta County with this winter, the Mecosta County Road Commission (MCRC) will be prepared for whatever shows up.

“We have salt and we have sand,” said Tim Nestle, MCRC manager. “The trucks are ready. We do have a state contract, so some of our trucks have the wing plows on them, and we’ll have them ready for issues with the expressway and Northland Drive.”

In planning for winter weather — snow, freezing rain or freezing temperatures — Nestle said he and his staff do not change their routine.

“We don’t do anything different year by year,” he said. “We prepare for the worst and deal with what we get.”

Nestle doesn’t spend much time looking at long-range seasonal forecasts when it comes to winter.

“Typically, I use the five-day look-ahead forecasts from a few of the TV stations to compare what they’re saying and then I judge by that,” he said. “The main thing is we prepare for the worst.”

In the meantime, Nestle said crews are continuing to work on Mecosta County roads, getting potholes filled, finishing up on gravel roads and getting the typical maintenance done for any issues that come up.

“We make sure everything is ready to go,” he said.

For more information about the Mecosta County Road Commission, visit mecostaroads.org or its Facebook page.

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